Christmas Carols: what makes them offensive?

I went to a community dance the other day (the real thing, incidentally, with waltzing and cha-cha and the works), and I noticed that they used a lot of Christmas carols BUT that they conveniently forgot to sing anything too offensive or religious in them. Which was totally incongruous.

Why is it we bother celebrating the birth of Christ? Because we recognise that that birth was a truly necessary step for Him to come to earth, live a perfect life, and die for our redemption. In other words, Christmas is all about Easter, and they’re both all about Christ doing everything it takes for God to have a relationship with us. (The convenient timing of Christmas and Easter in the northern hemispheres solstices is a discussion for another time)

No part of that story makes sense stand-alone, and nothing in that story can be watered down. Which is why, if you look at old Christmas carols, they almost all explain, in one way or another, the big WHY 🙂

Excepting “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

So thinking about that, I set out to remedy that. It’s not a brilliant piece of work, but…everything  in it is true. If you want me to find the Bible references, I’ll have a crack at it 🙂

In the birth of Jesus our Father granted us

1. (and) The promise that God is with us

2. Freedom from sin

3. Purpose in life

4. Joy in our hearts

5. A chance to live again

6. The Spirit within us

7. Ev’ry spiritual blessing

8. Co-heirship with Christ

9. A home in heaven

10. Fellowship in church

11. Kinship with Jesus

12. Victory over death

Now, if you can sing this to the tune of “The twelve days of Christmas”, in public, without shame or fear, you’re doing well. 🙂

I want to give it a try myself.

And finally, answering the question raised by the title, anything which states as true something which challenges your core beliefs will be seen as either cool or offensive. In my household, a little more of the latter than the former.


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